Friday, December 21, 2012

Russian Tea Cakes

I have been making this family favorite for years.  Russian Tea Cakes were my mom's favorite cookie.  She baked them all the time during the holidays.  I continued the tradition and enjoy baking them with my children each year.

Russian Tea Cakes are so easy to make.  They are a melt-in-your mouth, shortbread-like cookie that goes by many names.  The key to a great cookie is to grind up the nuts as finely as possible.  I recommend adding this recipe to your baking list this season.

 1 cup butter (at room temperature) 
 2 1/2 tsp vanilla 
 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (sifted, plus extra for rolling cookies in
 2 cups flour 
 1/4 tsp salt 
 1 cup pecans (finely chopped) 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla then gradually add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.  Gradually stir in flour and salt.  Add the pecans and mix well.  Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove the cookies from the baking sheets. Roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Cool completely and roll again in powdered sugar before serving.  Store in covered container.


  1. Love this cookie, Brandi, although I didn't bake any this year. :( Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

  2. YUM. Those look delicious! I'm baking tonight, wish I would have seen this sooner!

  3. This is going in the cookie recipe collection, Brandi! Thanks for sharing your Mother's treasured recipe. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! xx

  4. This is one of my all time favorite cookies, Brandi. Merry Christmas.

  5. Hi Brandi, I love your blog title, I remember that song; it was one of my favorites too. Your cookies look delicious also :)

  6. Hi Brandi This is one of my all time favorite cookies, look delicious also . Habe a wonderfull christmas wíth your family

  7. Hi Brandi, I LOVE Russian Tea Cakes! They're one of my favorites at Christmas time, and seeing them brings back so many fond memories of my grandmother bringing tins full of them when they would come to visit. Lovely pictures.

  8. Thank you for the recipe! What memories you are forming for your own family!


    Merry Christmas!


  9. My mom makes these and they are SOOOOO good. Yum, she gave me some this year and they lasted all of a day.....I've never attempted them as I'm not much of a baker...but you are telling me they are easy, so maybe I will give them a try!

  10. These were always a favorite of mine, too. I haven't had them in quite some time. Maybe it's time to revive the tradition of baking these at Christmas time!!! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very safe and happy New Year!

  11. They sound so good Brandi, and they look magazine perfect. I'm adding these to my cookie list. Thanks for the recipe and Merry Christmas!

  12. Looks yummy and love the festive red and white too! I hope your weekend has been great and Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

    p.s. it's nice to connect with you on Instagram:-)

  13. These look delicious! Are you supposed to eat them with a cup of tea?

  14. They look delicious! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!

  15. I just made these last night! My family has been making these for years and I love them so much! I can't be left alone with them :)

  16. How yummy! I am your newest follower and would love for you to share these at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Happy Holidays!

  17. Brandi,

    Oh yum those are one of my favorite cookies of all time!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  18. Brandi!

    Merry Christmas!
    Happy New Year!


  19. These look so yummy! My mother makes these every year during the Holidays.
    Coming your way via Whipperberry. ;)


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